Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test: Expansion of Test To Include Additional Participants, Modification of Required Data Elements, and Extension of Test, 37890-37892 [2017-17079]

Download as PDF 37890 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 155 / Monday, August 14, 2017 / Notices (3) Flight number (4) Port of lading (5) Port of unlading (6) Scheduled date of departure (As reflected in the July 10, 2015 notice, CBP finds this term to be clearer than the term ‘‘Date’’ used on CBP Form 7509.) (7) Consolidator (conditional) (8) De-consolidator (conditional) (9) Air waybill type (Master, House, Simple or Sub) (10) Air waybill number (11) Number of pieces and unit of measure (optional) (12) Weight (kg./lb.) (13) Number of house air waybills (optional) (14) Shipper name and address (15) Consignee name and address (16) Cargo description (As reflected in the July 10, 2015 notice, CBP finds this term to be clearer than the term ‘‘Nature of goods’’ used on CBP Form 7509.) (17) AES Internal Transaction Number (ITN) or AES Exemption Statement/ Exception Classification (per shipment) (18) Split air waybill indicator (optional) (19) Hazmat indicator (Yes/No) (20) UN Number (conditional) (If the hazmat indicator is yes, the fourdigit UN (United Nations) Number assigned to the hazardous material must be provided.) (21) In-bond number (optional) (22) Mode of transportation (Air, containerized or Air, noncontainerized) (optional) If, after the conclusion of the ACE Export Manifest for Air Cargo Test, CBP decides to conduct rulemaking to amend the regulations concerning the filing of the air export cargo manifest, CBP will reevaluate the filing conditions for each data element to determine the feasibility of requiring that data element to be filed electronically in ACE within a specified time before the cargo is loaded on the aircraft. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Extension of the Test To continue further evaluation of the ACE Export Manifest for Air Cargo Test, CBP is extending the test for an additional year. The expanded and modified test will run until August 10, 2018. Applicability of Initial Test Notice Unless explicitly changed by this or subsequent notices published in the Federal Register, all other aspects of the initial test announced in the July 10, 2015 notice, including test procedures and conditions, the application process, and the waiver of certain regulatory requirements, remain in effect. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 Aug 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. 3507), an agency may not conduct, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The collections of information in this NCAP test have been approved by OMB in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act and assigned OMB control number 1651–0001. Dated: August 8, 2017. Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. [FR Doc. 2017–17080 Filed 8–11–17; 8:45 am] Background BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test: Expansion of Test To Include Additional Participants, Modification of Required Data Elements, and Extension of Test U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: This notice announces that CBP is modifying the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning ACE export manifest capability, by making certain of the export manifest data elements optional. CBP is also extending the test and will be accepting additional applications for participation in this modified test from all parties meeting the eligibility requirements. DATES: The modifications of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test set forth in this document are effective August 14, 2017. The modified test will run until September 21, 2018. Applications from additional participants may be submitted at any time. Current test participants do not need to reapply. Comments concerning this notice and all aspects of the test may be submitted at any time during the test period to the email address below. ADDRESSES: Applications to participate in the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Cargo Test must be submitted via email to CBP Export Manifest at cbpvesselexportmanifest@cbp.dhs.gov. In the subject line of the email, please use ‘‘ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test Application’’. Written comments concerning program, policy, and technical issues may also be submitted via email to CBP Export Manifest at cbpvesselexportmanifest@ cbp.dhs.gov. In the subject line of the email, please use ‘‘Comment on ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test’’. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert C. Rawls, Outbound Enforcement and Policy Branch, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, via email at cbpvesselexportmanifest@cbp.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sfmt 4703 The ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is a voluntary test in which participants agree to submit export manifest data to CBP electronically, at least 24 hours prior to loading of the cargo onto the vessel in preparation for departure from the United States. The ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is authorized under § 101.9(b) of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 101.9(b)), which provides for the testing of NCAP programs or procedures. See Treasury Decision (T.D.) 95–21. CBP announced the procedures and criteria related to participation in the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test in a notice published in the Federal Register on August 20, 2015 (80 FR 50644). On October 20, 2015, CBP issued a notice published in the Federal Register (80 FR 63575) correcting an error in the initial notice that misstated the technical capability requirements for submitting data to CBP. This test was originally set to run for approximately two years. For further details on the background and procedures regarding the test, please refer to the August 20, 2015 notice. Expansion of Test to Additional Participants In the August 20, 2015 notice announcing the initial phase of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, CBP stated that participation in the test was limited to nine stakeholders composed of a mix of a certain number of vessel carriers and freight forwarders or non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) who met the eligibility requirements. This notice announces that the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is now open to all eligible applicants. CBP will endeavor E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 155 / Monday, August 14, 2017 / Notices to accept all new eligible applicants on a first come first serve basis; however, if the number of eligible applicants exceeds CBP’s administrative capabilities, CBP reserves the right to select eligible participants in order to achieve a diverse participant pool. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Eligibility Requirements Except for the expansion to additional participants, the eligibility requirements for the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test have not changed since the October 20, 2015 correction notice. For clarity and convenience to the public, CBP sets forth below the eligibility requirements for participation in the test. Participation in the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is limited to those parties able to electronically transmit manifest data in the identified acceptable format. Prospective ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test participants must have the technical capability to electronically submit data to CBP and receive response message sets via Ocean CAMIR, ANSI X12, or Unified XML,1 and must successfully complete certification testing with their client representative. Once parties have applied to participate, they must complete a test phase to determine if the data transmission is in the required readable format. Applicants will be notified once they have successfully completed testing and are permitted to participate fully in the test. In selecting participants, CBP will take into consideration the order in which the applications are received. There are no restrictions with regard to the participant’s organization size, location, or commodity type for participation in the test. Modification of the Filing Condition of Certain Data Elements One of the main purposes of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is to test the feasibility of requiring certain manifest information to be filed electronically in ACE at least 24 hours before the cargo is loaded on the vessel. Another purpose is to test the functionality regarding the filing of such export manifest data within the above specified time. Under the current regulatory requirements, the complete manifest is generally not required to be submitted until after the departure of the vessel. See 19 CFR 4.75, 4.76 and 4.84. The data and the results of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test will aid CBP in determining which 1 Unified XML was not yet functional at the time of the original Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test. It is now fully functional and available for use. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 Aug 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 parties are the best source of the export manifest data and when the data is available to be submitted to CBP. CBP has been consulting with the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) to address ongoing issues concerning the quality, accessibility, and timeliness of export manifest data received during the test. Through this process, the COAC advised CBP that certain data elements currently required under the test may not be available to the party submitting the export manifest data to CBP 24 hours prior to loading of the cargo onto the vessel in preparation for departure from the United States and urged CBP to make those data elements optional. After evaluating the initial phase of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test and considering COAC’s comments, CBP has determined that, in order to better test the functionality and feasibility of submitting the specified export data at least 24 hours prior to loading of the cargo on the vessel, four of the previously mandatory or conditional data elements should be changed to optional. This will enable participants to submit the optional information when and if it is available. (Data elements which are ‘‘mandatory’’ must be provided to CBP for every shipment. Data elements which are ‘‘conditional’’ must be provided to CBP only if the particular information pertains to the cargo. Data elements which are ‘‘optional’’ may be provided to CBP but are not required.) CBP is modifying the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test to change the following four mandatory or conditional data elements to optional: • Name of the Master (Data Element #4) • Number of House Bills of Lading (Data Element #9) • Split Shipment Indicator (Data Element #22) • Portion of Split Shipments (Data Element #23) The remaining data elements under the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test continue to be mandatory, conditional, or optional as provided in the August 20, 2015 notice. The full list of data elements is set forth below. Unless otherwise noted, the data elements are mandatory. (1) Mode of transportation (Vessel, containerized or Vessel, noncontainerized) (2) Name of ship or vessel (3) Nationality of ship (4) Name of Master (optional) (5) Port of loading (6) Port of discharge (7) Bill of Lading number (Master and House) PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37891 (8) Bill of Lading type (Master, House, Simple or Sub) (9) Number of House Bills of Lading (optional) (10) Marks and Numbers (conditional) (11) Container Numbers (conditional) (12) Seal Numbers (conditional) (13) Number and kind of packages (14) Description of goods (15) Gross Weight (lb. or kg.) or Measurements (per HTSUS) (16) Shipper name and address (17) Consignee name and address (18) Notify Party name and address (conditional) (19) Country of Ultimate Destination (20) In-bond number (conditional) (21) Internal Transaction Number (ITN) or AES Exemption Statement (per shipment) (22) Split Shipment Indicator (Yes/No) (optional) (23) Portion of split shipment (e.g., 1 of 10, 4 of 10, 5 of 10—Final, etc.) (optional) (24) Hazmat Indicator (Yes/No) (25) UN Number (conditional) (If the hazmat indicator is yes, then UN (for United Nations Number) or NA (North American Number) and the corresponding 4-digit identification number assigned to the hazardous material must be provided.) (26) Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Number (conditional) (27) Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Product Identification Number (conditional) (For shipments of used vehicles, the VIN must be reported, or for used vehicles that do not have a VIN, the Product Identification Number must be reported.) If, after the conclusion of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, CBP decides to conduct rulemaking to amend the regulations concerning the filing of the vessel export cargo manifest, CBP will reevaluate the filing conditions for each data element to determine the feasibility of requiring that data element to be filed electronically in ACE within the specified time before the cargo is loaded on the vessel. Extension of the Test To continue further evaluation of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, CBP is extending the test for an additional year. The expanded and modified test will run until September 21, 2018. Applicability of Initial Test Notice Unless explicitly changed by this or subsequent notices published in the Federal Register, all other aspects of the initial test announced in the August 20, E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1 37892 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 155 / Monday, August 14, 2017 / Notices 2015 notice (and corrected in the October 20, 2015 notice), including test procedures and conditions, the application process, and the waiver of certain regulatory requirements, remain in effect. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. 3507), an agency may not conduct, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The collections of information in this NCAP test have been approved by OMB in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act and assigned OMB control number 1651–0001. Dated: August 8, 2017. Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. [FR Doc. 2017–17079 Filed 8–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP Dec. No. 17–09] Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to Citizens of the Republic of Colombia, Citizens of the Republic of Singapore, and Citizens of Switzerland U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates the Global Entry international trusted traveler program at most major U.S. airports. Global Entry allows pre-approved participants dedicated CBP processing into the United States using Global Entry kiosks located at designated airports. This document announces that CBP is expanding eligibility for Global Entry to include citizens of the Republic of Colombia, citizens of the Republic of Singapore, and citizens of Switzerland. All of these individuals also must satisfy the requirements to participate in the Global Entry program. Additionally, this document announces that U.S. citizens who participate in Global Entry will have the option to apply for membership in Singapore’s enhancedImmigration Automated Clearance System (e-IACS). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 Aug 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 Applications will be accepted from qualified citizens of the Republic of Colombia, qualified citizens of the Republic of Singapore, and qualified citizens of Switzerland beginning on August 14, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garret Conover, Office of Field Operations, (202) 325–4062, Garret.A.Conover@cbp.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Background Global Entry Program Global Entry is a voluntary program that provides pre-approved travelers arriving in the United States dedicated CBP processing at Global Entry kiosks located at designated airports. In a final rule published in the Federal Register (77 FR 5681) on February 6, 2012, CBP promulgated the regulation (8 CFR 235.12) to establish Global Entry as an ongoing voluntary regulatory program. Section 235.12 contains a description of the program, the eligibility criteria, the application and enrollment process, and the redress procedures. Travelers who wish to participate in Global Entry must apply via the Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES) Web site, https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov, and pay the applicable fee. Applications for Global Entry must be completed and submitted electronically. The list of airports with Global Entry kiosks is available at http://www.globalentry.gov. Eligibility for participation in Global Entry is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and certain nonimmigrant aliens from countries that have entered into arrangements with CBP regarding international trusted traveler programs. Specifically, certain nonimmigrant aliens from countries that have entered into arrangements with CBP concerning international trusted traveler programs may be eligible to apply for participation in Global Entry. CBP announces the arrangement by publication of a notice in the Federal Register. The notice includes the country, the scope of eligibility of nonimmigrant aliens from that country (e.g., whether only citizens of the foreign country or citizens and noncitizens are eligible) and other conditions that may apply based on the terms of the arrangement. See 8 CFR 235.12(b)(1)(ii). Since establishing the Global Entry program, CBP has announced several expansions of the program.1 1 For further information see 75 FR 82202, December 29, 2010 (utilization of Global Entry kiosks by NEXUS and SENTRI participants); 78 FR PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CBP may deny applicants enrollment in the Global Entry program for various reasons. An individual who is inadmissible to the United States under U.S. immigration law or has, at any time, been granted a waiver of inadmissibility or parole is ineligible to participate in Global Entry. CBP will automatically reject applications from such individuals. CBP also may reject an application for Global Entry if an applicant has ever been arrested for, or convicted of, a criminal offense, or if the individual has ever been found in violation of customs or immigration laws, or of any criminal law. Additionally, CBP will not accept an applicant for participation in Global Entry if CBP determines that the applicant presents a potential risk of terrorism, or criminality (including smuggling), or if CBP cannot sufficiently determine that the applicant meets all the program eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are set forth in more detail in the Global Entry final rule and 8 CFR 235.12. See also http:// www.globalentry.gov. The Republic of Colombia On April 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia signed a Joint Statement regarding the development of an initiative involving their respective international trusted traveler programs. In the Joint Statement, the parties agreed to cooperate in the expansion of Global Entry to certain eligible citizens of Colombia and to mutually develop procedures for the implementation and operation of the expansion. Based on this Joint Statement, CBP is announcing that citizens of the Republic of Colombia are eligible to apply for participation in Global Entry. In order to apply for Global Entry, citizens of the Republic of Colombia must first complete the on-line application located on the GOES Web site, pay the nonrefundable Global Entry fee, and satisfy all the requirements of Global Entry. These applicants will then undergo a thorough risk assessment by both CBP and the Republic of Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an interview with CBP. The vetting criteria were mutually developed and 48706, August 9, 2013 (expansion to certain citizens of the Republic of Korea and expansion through limited pilots to a number of citizens from the United Kingdom, the State of Qatar and Germany); 80 FR 1509, January 12, 2015 (expansion to certain citizens of Panama); 81 FR 7822, February 16, 2016 (expansion to all German citizens); and, 81 FR 45170, July 12, 2016 (expansion to all citizens of the United Kingdom). E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 155 (Monday, August 14, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel 
Cargo Test: Expansion of Test To Include Additional Participants, 
Modification of Required Data Elements, and Extension of Test

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces that CBP is modifying the U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection's (CBP's) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) 
Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, a National Customs Automation 
Program (NCAP) test concerning ACE export manifest capability, by 
making certain of the export manifest data elements optional. CBP is 
also extending the test and will be accepting additional applications 
for participation in this modified test from all parties meeting the 
eligibility requirements.

DATES: The modifications of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo 
Test set forth in this document are effective August 14, 2017. The 
modified test will run until September 21, 2018. Applications from 
additional participants may be submitted at any time. Current test 
participants do not need to reapply. Comments concerning this notice 
and all aspects of the test may be submitted at any time during the 
test period to the email address below.

ADDRESSES: Applications to participate in the ACE Export Manifest for 
Vessel Cargo Test must be submitted via email to CBP Export Manifest at 
cbpvesselexportmanifest@cbp.dhs.gov. In the subject line of the email, 
please use ``ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test Application''. 
Written comments concerning program, policy, and technical issues may 
also be submitted via email to CBP Export Manifest at 
cbpvesselexportmanifest@cbp.dhs.gov. In the subject line of the email, 
please use ``Comment on ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test''.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert C. Rawls, Outbound Enforcement 
and Policy Branch, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, via email at cbpvesselexportmanifest@cbp.dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is a voluntary test 
in which participants agree to submit export manifest data to CBP 
electronically, at least 24 hours prior to loading of the cargo onto 
the vessel in preparation for departure from the United States. The ACE 
Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is authorized under Sec.  
101.9(b) of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 
101.9(b)), which provides for the testing of NCAP programs or 
procedures. See Treasury Decision (T.D.) 95-21.
    CBP announced the procedures and criteria related to participation 
in the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test in a notice published 
in the Federal Register on August 20, 2015 (80 FR 50644). On October 
20, 2015, CBP issued a notice published in the Federal Register (80 FR 
63575) correcting an error in the initial notice that misstated the 
technical capability requirements for submitting data to CBP. This test 
was originally set to run for approximately two years. For further 
details on the background and procedures regarding the test, please 
refer to the August 20, 2015 notice.

Expansion of Test to Additional Participants

    In the August 20, 2015 notice announcing the initial phase of the 
ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, CBP stated that 
participation in the test was limited to nine stakeholders composed of 
a mix of a certain number of vessel carriers and freight forwarders or 
non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) who met the eligibility 
requirements. This notice announces that the ACE Export Manifest for 
Vessel Cargo Test is now open to all eligible applicants. CBP will 
endeavor

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to accept all new eligible applicants on a first come first serve 
basis; however, if the number of eligible applicants exceeds CBP's 
administrative capabilities, CBP reserves the right to select eligible 
participants in order to achieve a diverse participant pool.

Eligibility Requirements

    Except for the expansion to additional participants, the 
eligibility requirements for the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo 
Test have not changed since the October 20, 2015 correction notice. For 
clarity and convenience to the public, CBP sets forth below the 
eligibility requirements for participation in the test.
    Participation in the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test is 
limited to those parties able to electronically transmit manifest data 
in the identified acceptable format. Prospective ACE Export Manifest 
for Vessel Cargo Test participants must have the technical capability 
to electronically submit data to CBP and receive response message sets 
via Ocean CAMIR, ANSI X12, or Unified XML,\1\ and must successfully 
complete certification testing with their client representative. Once 
parties have applied to participate, they must complete a test phase to 
determine if the data transmission is in the required readable format. 
Applicants will be notified once they have successfully completed 
testing and are permitted to participate fully in the test. In 
selecting participants, CBP will take into consideration the order in 
which the applications are received.
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    \1\ Unified XML was not yet functional at the time of the 
original Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for 
Vessel Cargo Test. It is now fully functional and available for use.
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    There are no restrictions with regard to the participant's 
organization size, location, or commodity type for participation in the 
test.

Modification of the Filing Condition of Certain Data Elements

    One of the main purposes of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel 
Cargo Test is to test the feasibility of requiring certain manifest 
information to be filed electronically in ACE at least 24 hours before 
the cargo is loaded on the vessel. Another purpose is to test the 
functionality regarding the filing of such export manifest data within 
the above specified time. Under the current regulatory requirements, 
the complete manifest is generally not required to be submitted until 
after the departure of the vessel. See 19 CFR 4.75, 4.76 and 4.84. The 
data and the results of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test 
will aid CBP in determining which parties are the best source of the 
export manifest data and when the data is available to be submitted to 
CBP.
    CBP has been consulting with the Commercial Customs Operations 
Advisory Committee (COAC) to address ongoing issues concerning the 
quality, accessibility, and timeliness of export manifest data received 
during the test. Through this process, the COAC advised CBP that 
certain data elements currently required under the test may not be 
available to the party submitting the export manifest data to CBP 24 
hours prior to loading of the cargo onto the vessel in preparation for 
departure from the United States and urged CBP to make those data 
elements optional.
    After evaluating the initial phase of the ACE Export Manifest for 
Vessel Cargo Test and considering COAC's comments, CBP has determined 
that, in order to better test the functionality and feasibility of 
submitting the specified export data at least 24 hours prior to loading 
of the cargo on the vessel, four of the previously mandatory or 
conditional data elements should be changed to optional. This will 
enable participants to submit the optional information when and if it 
is available. (Data elements which are ``mandatory'' must be provided 
to CBP for every shipment. Data elements which are ``conditional'' must 
be provided to CBP only if the particular information pertains to the 
cargo. Data elements which are ``optional'' may be provided to CBP but 
are not required.)
    CBP is modifying the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test to 
change the following four mandatory or conditional data elements to 
optional:

 Name of the Master (Data Element #4)
 Number of House Bills of Lading (Data Element #9)
 Split Shipment Indicator (Data Element #22)
 Portion of Split Shipments (Data Element #23)

    The remaining data elements under the ACE Export Manifest for 
Vessel Cargo Test continue to be mandatory, conditional, or optional as 
provided in the August 20, 2015 notice. The full list of data elements 
is set forth below. Unless otherwise noted, the data elements are 
mandatory.

(1) Mode of transportation (Vessel, containerized or Vessel, non-
containerized)
(2) Name of ship or vessel
(3) Nationality of ship
(4) Name of Master (optional)
(5) Port of loading
(6) Port of discharge
(7) Bill of Lading number (Master and House)
(8) Bill of Lading type (Master, House, Simple or Sub)
(9) Number of House Bills of Lading (optional)
(10) Marks and Numbers (conditional)
(11) Container Numbers (conditional)
(12) Seal Numbers (conditional)
(13) Number and kind of packages
(14) Description of goods
(15) Gross Weight (lb. or kg.) or Measurements (per HTSUS)
(16) Shipper name and address
(17) Consignee name and address
(18) Notify Party name and address (conditional)
(19) Country of Ultimate Destination
(20) In-bond number (conditional)
(21) Internal Transaction Number (ITN) or AES Exemption Statement (per 
shipment)
(22) Split Shipment Indicator (Yes/No) (optional)
(23) Portion of split shipment (e.g., 1 of 10, 4 of 10, 5 of 10--Final, 
etc.) (optional)
(24) Hazmat Indicator (Yes/No)
(25) UN Number (conditional) (If the hazmat indicator is yes, then UN 
(for United Nations Number) or NA (North American Number) and the 
corresponding 4-digit identification number assigned to the hazardous 
material must be provided.)
(26) Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Number (conditional)
(27) Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Product Identification 
Number (conditional) (For shipments of used vehicles, the VIN must be 
reported, or for used vehicles that do not have a VIN, the Product 
Identification Number must be reported.)

    If, after the conclusion of the ACE Export Manifest for Vessel 
Cargo Test, CBP decides to conduct rulemaking to amend the regulations 
concerning the filing of the vessel export cargo manifest, CBP will 
reevaluate the filing conditions for each data element to determine the 
feasibility of requiring that data element to be filed electronically 
in ACE within the specified time before the cargo is loaded on the 
vessel.

Extension of the Test

    To continue further evaluation of the ACE Export Manifest for 
Vessel Cargo Test, CBP is extending the test for an additional year. 
The expanded and modified test will run until September 21, 2018.

Applicability of Initial Test Notice

    Unless explicitly changed by this or subsequent notices published 
in the Federal Register, all other aspects of the initial test 
announced in the August 20,

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2015 notice (and corrected in the October 20, 2015 notice), including 
test procedures and conditions, the application process, and the waiver 
of certain regulatory requirements, remain in effect.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 
104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3507), an agency may not conduct, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless the 
collection of information displays a valid control number assigned by 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The collections of 
information in this NCAP test have been approved by OMB in accordance 
with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act and assigned OMB 
control number 1651-0001.

    Dated: August 8, 2017.
Todd C. Owen,
Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
[FR Doc. 2017-17079 Filed 8-11-17; 8:45 am]
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